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Ansar Al-'Adl
02-12-2005, 03:57 AM
The Prophet Muhammad's Miracles

Imâm an-Nâwâwî. Introduction by Abdul Rafee


It is really hillarious to see the Christian missionary websites or those people who have an axe to grind against Islâm asking Muslims about the miracles of the Prophet Muhammad(P). They believe that the Prophet(P) did not perform any miracles. Predictably, their assumptions are wrong. We will allow the great Imâm An-Nâwâwî to comment on Prophet's(P) known miracles.

The Prophet Muhammad's Miracles

The Messenger of Allâh(P) possesses many manifest miracles and signs demonstrating [his veracity], reaching thousands and they are well known.

From amongst them was the Qur'ân, the manifest and clear miracle and brilliant proof, falsehood cannot approach it from before it or behind it. It is a revelation from One Who is All-Wise and Praiseworthy. It incapacitated the most eloquent of people in the most eloquent of times to produce a single chapter that would be comparable to it, even if the whole of creation were to gather for that purpose. Allâh, the Exalted, says

"Say: If the whole of mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they assisted each other." (Qur'an, 17:88)

It challenged them to this despite their large numbers, their eloquence and their severe enmity, and it challenges them to this day.

As for the other miracles, it is not possible to enumerate them all due to their huge number and renewing and increasing nature. However, I will mention some examples:

The splitting of the moon, water flowing from between his fingers, increasing the quantity of food and water, the glorification of the food, the palm tree yearning for him, stones greeting him, the talking of the poisoned leg [of roasted sheep], trees walking towards him, two trees that were far apart coming together and then parting again, the barren [and therefore dry] sheep giving milk, his returning the eye of Qatîdâh bin an-Nu`mân to its place with his hand after it had slipped out, his spitting lightly into the eye of Ali when it had become inflamed and its being cured almost immediately, his wiping the leg of `Abdullâh bin `Atîq whereupon he was immediately cured.

His(P) informing of the places of death of the Day of Bâdr saying, "this is the place of such polytheists on the and-such a person". His informing of his killing Ubayy bin Khalaf, that a group of his nation would traverse an ocean and Umm Harâm would be amongst them and this occurred. That all that was drawn together for him of the ends of the earth and displayed to him would be opened for his nation, that the treasures of the Chosroes would be spent by his nation in the Way of Allâh, the Mighty and Magnificent. That he feared for his nation that they would be tempted by the wealth and allurement of this world and that the treasures of the Persians and Romans would be ours and that Sûraqâh bin Mâlik would wear the trousers of Chosroes.

He(P) informed us that Hasan bin `Ali would reconcile between two large warring parties of the Muslims, that Sa'âd bin Abî Waqqâs would live such that nations would benefit by him and others would be harmed. That an-Najâshî had died on this particular day while he was in Ethiopia and that al-Aswâd al-`Ansî had been killed on this particular day while he was in Yemen.

That the Muslims would fight the Turks who were described as having small eyes, wide faces and small, chiselled noses and that Yemen, Syria and Iraq would be conquered by the Muslims.

He(P) informed us that the Muslims would comprise three armies, an army in Syria, and army in Yemen and an army in Iraq. That they would conquer Egypt, a land whose [unit of land measurement] was the Qîrât, that they should deal with their people well for they have protection [being Copts] and ties of kinship [through Hajâr (the wife of Prophet Abraham(P))]. That Awaîs al-Qârnî would come to you from the auxiliaries of Yemen, he would be afflicted with leprosy and it would be healed except for the space of a dîrhâm, and he indeed arrived during the rule of `Umar.

He(P) informed us that a group of his nation would always be upon the truth and that mankind would become many in number and that the Ansâr would diminish in number and that the Ansâr would not be given their due [with regards to distribution of wealth and leadership]. That mankind would keep on asking questions until they would say, "Allâh created the creation..." [1]

He(P) informed us that Rûwâyfî` bin Thâbît would live a long life, that Ammar bin Yasir would be killed by the transgressing group, that this nations shall divide into sects and that they would fight each other.

He(P) informed us that a fire would emanate from the land of Hîjâz and the likes of this. All of this occurred exactly as he(P) said it would.

He(P) said to Thabît bin Qays, "You will live being praised... and you will die as a martyr", and he lived being praised and was martyred at al-Yâmâmâh. He(P) said regarding `Uthmân, "He would be afflicted by a severe trial."[2]

He(P) said about a person amongst the Muslims who had just fought a severe fight that "He would be from amongst the denizens of the Fire", and later he committed suicide. Wabisâh bin Ma`bâd came to him in order to ask him(P) about righteousness and sin upon which he(P) asked, "Have you come to ask about righteousness and sin?"

He(P) said to `Ali, az-Zubâir and al-Miqdâd, "Go to the garden of Khakh[3] for indeed there is Dha`inâh[4] who has a book with her". They found her there but she initially denied having the book and then took it out from within her braids.

He(P) said to Abî Hûraîrâh, when Satan had stolen some dates, "Indeed he shall return" and he did. He said to his wives, "The most prolific of you in giving charity will be the quickest of you to join me" and it was so.[5]

He(P) said to 'Abdûllâh bin Salâm, "You will remain upon Islam until you die".

He(P) supplicated for Anâs that his wealth and sons increase and that he should live a long life and it was so. He lived for more than one hundred years and not one of the Ansâr was richer than he and one hundred and twenty of his children had already been buried before the arrival of al-Hâjjaj [to Basrâh]. This is detailed further in Sahîh al-Bukhârî and others.[6]

He(P) supplicated that Islam be strengthened through `Umar bin al-Khattâb or Abû Jahl, and Allâh strengthened it through `Umar(R). He supplicated against Sûraqâh bin Mâlik and the feet of his horse sank into the earth and he was thrown off, he called out asking for safe conduct and was granted it, then he asked the Prophet(P) to make a supplication for him.

He(P) supplicated that Allâh remove feeling the bitter cold and heat from `Ali and so never did he feel cold or hot. He supplicated for Hudhayfah, the night that he sent him to spy on the Confederates, that he not feel the cold and he did not until he had returned. He supplicated for Ibn `Abbâs that Allâh grant him understanding of the religion and it was so. He supplicated against `Utbâh bin Abî Lahb, that Allâh cause a dog from amongst his dogs to overcome him and he was killed by a lion at az-Zarqâ.[7]

He(P) supplicated for the descent of rain when they asked him to at the time of drought. There was not a single cloud in the sky, and then when he had supplicated, the clouds gathered like mountains and it rained until the next Friday. It rained so much that they had to come back and ask him to supplicate and stop the rain, so he supplicated and the rain stopped and they walked out into the glaring sun.

He(P) supplicated for Abû Talhâh and his wife, Umm Sulaym, that he blessed them in the night they had spent together and she became pregnant and gave birth to `Abdûllâh. He had nine children and all of them were scholars.

He(P) supplicated for the mother of Abû Hûraîrâh(R) that she be guided and Abû Hûraîrâh left to find her performing the ritual bath because she had accepted Islam. He supplicated for Umm Qays bint Mûhsîn, the sister of `Ukkashâ, that she live a long life and we do not know of another woman who lived as long as she did. This was reported by al-Nasâ'î in the chapter concerning washing the deceased.

On the Day of Hunain he threw a handful of dirt at the disbelievers and said, "May the faces be disfigured", and Allâh, the Exalted, vanquished them, filling their eyes with dirt. He once went out to one hundred of the Qurâysh who were waiting to do something horrible to him and he put dirt on their head and went on his way without their seeing him.


[1] Referring to the hadith, "the people would continue asking until they say, 'this is Allâh Who created everything but who created Allâh?'" (al-Bukhârî and Muslim)

[2] The meaning of severe trial is his being imprisoned in his house and his being killed by the transgressors.

[3] The garden of Khakh is a place falling between Makkah and Madinah. Refer to al-Bukhârî, no. 3983 and Muslim, no. 2494 and Tafsîr Ibn Kathîr [4/344]

[4] Dha`înâh is the woman with whom Hasib al-Balta`ah(R) sent a letter to the people of Makkah in order to inform them of the plans of the Messenger of Allâh(P) to fight them. It was concerning this that the first verses of Surah al-Mumtahinah were revealed.

[5] Zaynâb bint Jâhsh(R) was the most prolific of them in giving charity and was the first to die. Refer to Muslim, no. 2452

[6] Sahîh al-Bukhârî, no. 1982

[7] This is how it is in all of the printed editions; perhaps the author means `Utâybah bin Abî Lahb for this description fits him. As for `Utbâh, he accepted Islâm in the year of the Conquest of Makkah.

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02-13-2005, 09:40 AM

Brother Hesham Azmy also known as noorullah produced a article refutin' the claim that the Prophet (P) did not perform any miracles.

The quote these miscontrued verses to strenghten their conjectures:

They swear their strongest oaths by God, that if a (special) sign came to them, by it they would believe. Say: certainly (all) Signs are in the power of God: but what will make you (Muslims) realize that (even) if (special) Signs came, they will not believe. (Holy Qur'an 6:109)

They say: "We shall not believe in thee, until thou causest a spring to gush forth for us from the earth, or (until) thou hast a garden of date trees and vines, and causest rivers to gush forth in their midst, carrying abundant water, or thou causest the sky to fall in pieces, as thou sayest (will happen), against us; or thou bring God and the angels before (us) face to face; or thou have a house adorned with gold, or thou mount a ladder right into the skies. No, we shall not even believe in thy mounting until thou send down to us a book that we can read." Say: "Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a man- a messenger?"

(Holy Qur'an 17:90-93)

This was his response:
Miracles of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are mentioned in both the Qur’an and Hadith. The Holy Qur’an collectively mentions them in many places; for example, we read,
"And, when they see a Sign, turn it to mockery, and say, This is nothing but evident sorcery." (Holy Qur'an 37:14-15)

Imam Az-Zamakhshari wrote in his commentary on this verse,
If they see one of God's Clear Signs like splitting of the moon, "turn it to mockery" i.e., exaggerate in mockery or invite one-another to make fun of it.
(Tafsir-ul-Kashaf by Imam Az-Zamakhshari, Volume 3, page 337).

Imam Fakhr-ud-Deen Ar-Razi wrote,
The fourth thing told by God the Most High about them is that they say, "This is nothing but evident sorcery." i.e., If they see a miracle, they make fun of it because they think it is a sort of sorcery.
(At-tafsir-ul-Kabir by Fakhr-ud-Deen Ar-Razi, Volume 26, page 128).

Imam Al-Baidawi wrote,
"When they see a Sign" i.e., a miracle that proves the truthfulness of the speaker.
(Tafsir-ul-Baidawi, page 590).

Al-Galalin wrote,
"When they see a Sign" i.e., like splitting of the moon.
(Tafsir-ul-Galalin, page 424).

Another example: "But if they see a Sign, they turn away, and say, This is (but) transient magic." (Holy Qur'an 54:2)

Imam Az-Zamakhshari wrote,
When they saw succession of miracles and Signs, they said, “This is (but) continuous magic”.
(Tafsir-ul-Kashaf, Volume 4, page 308).

Al-Galalin wrote,
“a Sign” i.e., a miracle of his (peace be upon him).
(Tafsir-ul-Galalin, page 508).

Third example: "How shall God guide those who reject Faith after they accepted it and bore witness that the Messenger was true and that Clear Signs had come unto them?" (Holy Qur'an 3:86)

Imam Az-Zamakhshari wrote,
"Clear Signs (in Arabic Al-Bayyinat)" are proofs from the Qur'an and other miracles by whom prophethood is established.
(Tafsir-ul-Kashaf, Volume 1, page 442).

The Arabic word "Al-Bayyinat" often comes in the Qur'an to mean miracles as in 2:87, 2:253, 4:153, 5:110, 7:101, 10:13, 10:74, 16:44, 20:72, 40:28, 57:25, 64:6 and others.

Fourth example: "Who doth more wrong than he who inventeth a lie against God or rejecteth His Signs? but verily the wrongdoers never shall prosper." (Holy Qur'an 6:21)

Imam Al-Baidawi wrote,
"Or rejecteth His Signs" as disbelieving the Qur'an and miracles, and calling them sorcery.
(Tafsir-ul-Baidawi, page 171).

Imam Az-Zamakhshari wrote,
They combined two contradictory positions: they told lies against God without proof and disbelieved what is proved by sharp evidence ........ went disbelieving the Qur'an and miracles, called them sorcery and did not believe the Prophet (peace be upon him).
(Tafsir-ul-Kashaf, Volume 2, page 10).

Imam Ar-Razi wrote,
The second cause of their failure is their disbelief in God's Signs that are meant to be their disbelief in Muhammad's miracles and denouncing them and their denial of the Qur'an to be an evident overwhelming miracle.
(At-tafsir-ul-Kabir, Volume 12, page 181).

Fifth example: "When there comes to them a Sign (from God), they say: "We shall not believe until we receive one (exactly) like those received by God’s Messengers." God knoweth best where (and how) to carry out his mission. Soon will the wicked be overtaken by humiliation before God, and a severe punishment, for all their plots." (Holy Qur'an 6:124)

Imam Ar-Razi wrote,
"When there comes to them a Sign" i.e., whenever an overwhelming miracle appears to them.
(At-tafsir-ul-Kabir, Volume 13, page 175).


04-30-2005, 09:30 PM
mashalalh :D

07-27-2005, 12:26 AM
beautiful mashaAllah.

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09-11-2005, 12:47 AM
Salamu alaykum.

I believe the nature of the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) prophethood is in fact the greatest testament to him being the last of the Prophets.

I was talking with a Catholic before, who questioned why I never believed Jesus was God despite his many miracles. I compared Jesus being the Son of God (astagfirallah) to Achillies being the son of a god (astaghfirallah). This more or less shut her up as there wasn't much point of arguing against it, since both versions are in the end, stories. They're intangible.

I asked if there was a final Prophet, then what would you expect of him? To leave a undeniable and huge mark on the history of mankind? To leave behind evidence testifying to his validity as a Prophet? To succeed in the face of ridiculous odds? To command men who would die for the religion he brought (rather than selling it for 30 pieces of silver)?

All of these criteria are filled by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

A biblical miracle is usually defined as something i)beyond the realms of normality and ii)a challenge to the people. The Quran was this challenge. It challenged the reasoning and intelligence of mankind. This challenge would last forever. If the Final Prophet's challenge was to turn a stick into a snake, then in 100 years, who would care?

Allah has given mankind reasoning and intelligence. The Quran appeals to this reasoning and intelligence, rather then simply following what can awe and stun you.

Jazakh'Allah khayral for reading. Sorry if I bored people, I just wanted to write that down before one day I forget.

Salamu alaykum.

Ansar Al-'Adl
09-11-2005, 02:47 AM
:sl: Beautiful post.

JazakumAllahu khair.

10-24-2013, 02:03 PM

It's been a long while since this has been seen.... Nice info.


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